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Unlocking climate secrets from 400km up

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An H-IIA rocket carrying the Core Observatory satellite blasts off Feb. 28 from JAXA's Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Meteorologists sick of being cursed for making inaccurate forecasts take heart: A new satellite now circling Earth is about to make it easier to tell people when they need to take their umbrellas. More importantly, the orbiter promises to help predict major storms and the flooding they often cause.

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